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The Reverend Justin Lanier, Rector of St. Peter’s, Bennington, invited to be a part of the New Contemplative Exchange

Fr. Justin has recently been invited by Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. a founder of Contemplative Outreach, to become a member of The New Contemplatives Exchange, a global network for contemplative studies and practice.

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Rogation Sunday

Mayfest Tag/Bake Sale

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Judith Krum, Writer ~ Poet will be reading from, signing and selling her book at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Porch, from 1 to 3 pm.
Publications available at the book signing and from and Barnes and Noble are:
*Gossamer Threads to Catch the Soul: Spiritual Reflections for the Church Year (2010)
*In the Crayon Box, There is Peace: Poems (2012)
*Softness for a Hard World: (poems & photographs with Kimberly Burke, Photographer) (2015)
*Poetic Prisms: Collected Prize-winning Poems (2017)
Contact poet at:

July 12. Wednesday

How to Improve Communication with Doctors, at the  the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School St. from 1 to 3 pm . The Center for Communication in Medicine  will present the Difficult Conversations Toolkit , a guide to help patients and families identify and communicate questions and concerns.  To register or for more information contact: Lynn Mazza, 802-442-1876, or

July 23, Sunday

Adult Formation study group will be looking at chapter 8 and possibly chapter 9 of The Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Heart of Centering Prayer.  We will gather at around 11:30 am, following coffee hour. Incense to keep the bugs away will be provided by Fr. Justin.

July 29, Saturday

St Peter’s Fair – Lisa Eash (442-9072) is chairing this event. Please contact her with ideas.

September 16, Saturday

Annual St Peter’s Golf Outing

September 30, Saturday

Annual Chicken Pie Supper

November 11, Saturday

Bowling with St Peter’s, 10 am to 3 pm at the Bennington Lanes.


Lay officiants are being trained to lead morning and evening prayer services. Starting on Sunday July 2 we will have morning prayer with Eucharist so that officiants and the parish can become familiar with the service.

The Parish Directory is being updated. If you have any phone, email or mailing address changes, or if you know of people who are no longer with us,  please notify Nancy Sanford at 753-7380.

We celebrate birthdays on the first Sunday of each month at coffee hours after both services. Call Nancy Sanford at  753-7380 with your birth date, or to offer to bake a cake.
Nancy Sanford, Peter Bulterman, Holly Schmitz and Colleen Gates who completed 4 years of EFM on  May 21.  That includes 144 lessons which represents 15 books, The Bible, four Reading & Reflection Guides and countless discussions.

Sunday School: Bring the children and have a great time with stories, crafts, lunch and more. Call Mary Gerisch at 379-6311 for more information

We celebrate birthdays on the first Sunday of each month at coffee hours after both services. Give Nancy Sanford your birthdate, 753-7380

If you are Hospitalized
Because of the HIPAA laws, hospitals are not allowed to notify the Church of your admission. Please call the Church to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital

Thatcher House
Angels’ Wings update:
We will have a new family in Angel Wings soon.  Hygiene and cleaning products continue to be needed.  Please call Nancy Sanford at at 753-7380 for information or to drop off items.

The Freezer is Hungry
The freezer can always use more items. When you are making soup, stew, chili, etc., put one extra serving in a container, mark it with the date and put it in the freezer in the hall by the Parish Office. Remember that we try to rotate the food every six months, so it is important to mark the date. Other ideas are a package of hot dogs or hamburger patties and buns bundled together. Thank you to all who put food in the freezer.

Give and Want Board
On the bulletin board you will find a poster labeled “GIVE and WANT”. We frequently give items to charity stores and the needy, so why not share with our friends? List the items that you want to dispose of and any items you would like to have. Check the board and if you can fill a need simply call the giver or receiver and arrange the transfer. It’s easy, and keeps our “junque” out of the landfill. Any questions: ask Tabbie Aldrich 681-7744

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